Dr. Jennifer E. Carinci, Ed.D., is a Program Director for STEM Education Research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She serves as Principal Investigator of two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants: Stimulating Research and Innovation in STEM Teacher Education, related to developing an innovation blueprint and research agenda for STEM teacher pre-service education for high-need school districts, and Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) National Summit: Inspiring the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education, to synthesize and disseminate research evidence around STEM teaching and learning. Her project portfolio also includes managing the L'Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program - a national award that annually recognizes five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers – and advising on the AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program – an initiative to create a culture shift around the perceptions of women in STEM careers who serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls.
Dr. Carinci most recently served as the inaugural Director of Research, Innovation, and Data Strategy at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Given the newness of both the position and the organization, Jennifer’s role involved shaping and implementing an ambitious agenda to advance educator preparation. Previously Jennifer served as an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Pre-Doctoral Training Fellow with a background as a middle and high school art teacher in Baltimore City.
She has evaluated students, interns, programs, and prospective and current teachers through various research studies at Johns Hopkins, selecting for the Baltimore City Teaching Residency, supervising for UMBC, and as an evaluator for the National Summer Learning Association and the Center for Research and Reform in Education. Through the Graduate Education Internship at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Young Audiences of Maryland’s Teaching Artist Institute, Jennifer has mentored aspiring Baltimore City teachers. Her higher education teaching experience comprises evaluation courses at Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland. Distinctions earned include Maryland Art Education Association’s New Middle School Art Teacher of the Year, Fulbright Teacher Scholar in Greece, Program Chair of the Academic Audit Research in Teacher Education SIG, and past member of the AERA Council. Jennifer holds a B.F.A. in General Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), as well as a Master’s of Science in Education and a Doctorate in Teacher Development and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.